Schurchs emigrated from Sumiswald Switzerland and surrounding regions, plus the Palatinate region of Germany and the French Alsace region. They arrived in North America between 1635 and1805 on a variety of ships. Since then a coding system has been applied to each of these immigrants to delineate the different Schurch branches.

The Schürch Family Association of North America





The History of Schürchs in North America

Our North American history starts in the late 1600s. Many of our Schürch family came from Sumiswald, Switzerland and other regions within Switzerland. Our documentation also shows family from the neighbouring areas around Switzerland such as the Palatinate region of Germany and the Alsace area of France.

Through research we have been able to trace the migration route from Switzerland to Holland and England where these families took the hazardous journeys by sea to the new world. Once in North America they settled primarily in the state of Pennsylvania and later moved on to other areas throughout the U.S.A., Canada and Mexico. Some even ventured to South America.

During our research we have discovered the exact or approximate date of arrivals of our ancestors from Europe. We have therefore assigned a Code to each family branch so that genealogists can assign a code to their branch of the tree. The Immigrant Code list is included in the chart below.

The name spellings are as found in the ship passenger lists. All entries were through the port of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, except for immigrant A. Jo Sherrick, who entered at Virginia.

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Table 1 Immigrant Codes and Ships

IMMIGRANT

DATE OF ENTRY
SHIP




A. Jo. Sherrick

1635-07-27

Primrose

B. David Scherkes

Unknown - in Germantown, PA by November 8, 1684

[Concord]

C. Joseph Schürgh

1727-09-27

James Goodwill

D. Dobias Schorch

1727-09-30

Molly

E. Uli (Ulrich) Schürch

1728-08-23

Mortonhouse

F. Udry (Ulrich) Schürch

1728-08-23

Mortonhouse

G. Johannes Schorck

1728-08-23

Mortonhouse

H. Kasper Schirch

1732-05-15

Norris

I. Hans Jacob Schorck

1732-09-30

Dragon

J. Dafid Scherkh

1747-10-09

Restauration

K. Jacob Schorch

1747-10-09

Restauration

L. Gorg Schorkh

1751-09-05

Shirley

M. Johan Jacob Scherick

1751-09-16

Nancy

N. Uhilerich (O) Schergh

1752-09-23

St. Andrew

O. Johan Matthes Scheurich

1752-11-22

Phoenix

P. Valentin Scheurich

1752-11-22

Phoenix

Q. Jacob Scheurich

1752-11-22

Phoenix

R. Hans Martin Scheurich

1752-11-22

Phoenix

S. Ludwig Schorch

1753

Unknown

T. Hans Martin Schierg

1754-10-22

Halifax

U. Philip Jacob Schorck

1754-10-26

Mary & Sarah

V. Sebastian Schürch

1771-11-19

Tyger

W. Thomas Shark

1774-05-01

Sally

X. Andrew Scherck

1792-09-23

Fame

Y. Mr. & Mrs. Schürch

1805-08-04

Liberty


Source: The Sherk Family by Thomas A. Sherk, Page 11, Gateway Press Inc., Baltimore, 1982


Numbering System

Each immigrant progenitor listed in Table 1 has been given a single code letter to identify him. The code letters begin with A and proceed consecutively throughout the alphabet in the order of the date that the immigrant arrived in America.

Subsequent generations are given a code number according to the order of their birth in the family. This single digit runs in the sequence 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,0, and then A,B,C etc. where 0 represents a tenth child, A an eleventh child, B a twelfth child, and so on. Using this notation, the first child of Ulrich Sherk would be N1, the second child would be N2, and the third N3. If there were a tenth child, the code would be N0, and if there were an eleventh child the code would be NA. In the next generation the first child of N1 would be N11, the second child would be N12, etc., and the children of NA would be NA1, NA2 and so on. Thus Thomas Sherk, who is the author of the book “The Sherk Family”, (referred to at the base of Table 1), whose identification code number is N16A643, would have the following ancestral line:

Code Ancestor
N gr.gr.gr.gr.grandfather
N1 gr.gr.gr.grandfather
N16 gr.gr.grandfather
N16A gr.grandfather
N16A6 grandfather
N16A64 father
N16A643 son

Source: The Sherk Family by Thomas A. Sherk, Page xii, Gateway Press Inc., Baltimore, 1982



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